Fuzzy Mud by Louis Sachar

We love Louis Sachar (whose name rhymes with cracker – in case you were wondering) and after reading Fuzzy Mud I decided that it qualified as a vegan book for children ūüôā It doesn’t use the v-word but the main protagonist seems to be a plant-eater (there is no mention of any animal protein in her diet) and the grippingly entertaining story is wrapped around a vitally ¬†important environmental message. ¬†I wouldn’t be at all surprised to discover that Louis Sachar was veg*n but I have no idea whether he actually is. ¬†Anyway, this book qualifies so I wanted to share it with you ūüôā

The story is about Tamaya who has a scholarship to a posh school and walks there every day with Marshall who is a year older than her (they’re pre-teens I think). They never go through the woods because there are creepy rumours about a strange guy who lives there. ¬†And they’ve been told not to. ¬†Meanwhile, on the other side of the woods a laboratory is developing a new “green” fuel, made of artificially engineered living micro-organisms, aka ‘fuzzy mud’. ¬†Well, ¬†one day, after being challenged to a fight by the school bully, Marshall decides, for his own safety, to go home via the woods. ¬†Tamaya doesn’t want to go that way but she’s not supposed to walk home alone so she follows him. ¬†And that’s when it gets really scary!

I’m not going to tell you anymore (and don’t spoil it for yourself by reading the Amazon blurb because it gives too much away) because you should get the book and enjoy the whole thing from the beginning ūüôā

Author:  Louis Sachar

Genre:  Juvenile fiction/thriller

Recommended for readers aged 8 and up

Format:  Paperback (256 pages) and Kindle Edition and Audio Download

Published:  August 2016

ISBN-10:  1408864754

ISBN-13:  978-1408864753

Dimensions:  19.7 x 1.3 x 13.1cm

Available from Amazon and undoubtedly other bookshops and libraries ūüôā

The Wicked Witch’s Plan to Get Rid of Everyone

vegan fairy tale

The Wicked Witch’s Plan to Get Rid of Everyone¬†is a grim and gruesome fairy tale in traditional style. ¬†Written by Maud Earnshaw, the tale was originally published under the title The Wicked Wicked Witch and the Ruinous Manipulation¬†and illustrated in black and white by the author, but this new edition, illustrated in full colour by Beatrice Wilberforce, is somehow even more creepy.

In spite of its old fashioned style and supernatural imaginings, this story is strikingly relevant and honest.  The author seems to have looked at the world and puzzled over a reality in which humans are determined to destroy the Earth they depend upon, and decided eventually that there must be some supernatural force Рa spell Рcompelling people to act against all reason.

Beatrice Wilberforce illustrates this edition with original artwork collaged together from her own new drawings and pieces of illustration from other children’s books. ¬†As a result, the images perfectly compliment the story, reflecting the theme of deception central to the prose. ¬†Just as children’s story books often portray animal farming as a good and healthy, happy affair, they hide a sinister truth which is exposed by this book. ¬†In Wilberforce’s collaged images, the truth peaks through the colourful lies.

This is a wonderful, short tale that every child should read so that they can break the spell and save the world.

Author:  Maud Earnshaw

Illustrator:  Beatrice Wilberforce

Genre:  Fairy Tale

Recommended for children aged 7 and up

Format:  Paperback (36 pages)

Published:  October 2016

ISBN-10: 1539406490
ISBN-13: 978-1539406495
Dimensions: 21.6 x 0.2 x 21.6 cm

Price:  £3.80

 Click here to buy from Amazon UK

Also available from Amazon in Europe, USA, Canada, Japan and Australia.¬† If you’re somewhere where you can’t buy from Amazon, contact us to arrange mail order ūüėÄ


NB: for those in the UK who don’t like to shop online, contact us to mail order and pay by cheque


vegan fairy tale, vegan children’s book, environment, global warming